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Beautiful Numbers (verdana) (Works)

Selected Works

Beautiful Numbers (verdana)
Installation view, west wall. Beautiful Numbers (verdana)
Carbon I (1800/2020), 2021. 19th Century oil on canvas mounted on masonite with inlays, 29 1/8 x 39 3/8 in.
"Cumulative emissions of CO2 into the atmosphere: yellow - China, light blue - USA, red - Europe." Beautiful Numbers (verdana)
Oil (1970/2010), 2021. 19th Century oil on canvas, mounted on masonite with inlays, 23 5/8 x 39 3/8 in.
"Gray dot - large oil spills, 2010; red dot - large oil spills, 1990; and yellow dot - large oil spills, 1970." Beautiful Numbers (verdana)
Democracy I (1945/2015), 2021. 19th Century oil on canvas, mounted on masonite with inlays, 21 5/8 x 21 1/4 in.
"Number of democracies worldwide: 1945 - 30, 1965 - 40, 1985 - 60, 2005 - 80, and 2015 - 85." Beautiful Numbers (verdana)
Life (1800/2020), 2021. 19th Century oil on canvas, mounted on masonite with inlays, 22 1/4 x 18 1/4 in.
"Global life expectancy, average: 1800 - 29 years and 2020 - 71 years, which is 2.5 times as long." Beautiful Numbers (verdana)
Carbon II, 2021. 19th Century oil on canvas, mounted on masonite with inlays, 26 x 36 1/2in.
"Carbon footprint of protein-rich foods from left to right: cheese - 85kg CO2 per 1kg of protein, chicken - 43kg, beef - 250kg, lamb - 200kg, and farmed fish - 35kg." Beautiful Numbers (verdana)
Installation view, west wall with Stefan Sagmeister Beautiful Numbers (verdana)
Water (1990/2015), 2021. 19th Century oil on canvas, mounted on masonite with inlays, 27 x 38 1/2 in.
"Share of people with water from protected sources: 1990 - 75% , 1998 - 81%, 2006 - 86%, and 2015 - 90%." Beautiful Numbers (verdana)
Suicide I (1950/2005), 2021. 19th Century oil on canvas, mounted on masonite with inlays, 20 1/5 x 16 in.
"Suicide rate: USA - 1950, 1955, 1960, 1965, 1970, 1975, 1980, 1985, 1990, 1995, 2000, and 2005." Beautiful Numbers (verdana)
Woman II (1900/2020), 2021. 19th Century oil on canvas, mounted on masonite with inlays, 20 1/16 x 23 5/8 in.
"First female members of Parliament: 1900 - 2020." Beautiful Numbers (verdana)
Installation view, north and west walls. Beautiful Numbers (verdana)
Suicide II (2000/2015), 2021. 19th Century oil on canvas, mounted on masonite with inlays, 43 x 27 1/4 in.
"Suicide rates worldwide, number of deaths per population of 100,000: 2000 - 13 and 2015 - 11." Beautiful Numbers (verdana)
Death Penalty (1970/2010), 2021. 19th Century oil on canvas, mounted on masonite with inlays, 16 1/2 x 38 3/8 in.
"Abolishment of death penalty: 1970 - 21 countries, 1990 - 66 countries, and 2010 - 98 countries." Beautiful Numbers (verdana)
Famine I (1860/2000), 2021. 19th Century oil on canvas, mounted on masonite with inlays, 31 1/2 x 27 1/2 in.
"Famine victims: yellow - 1860 and red - 2000." Beautiful Numbers (verdana)
Democracy II (1920/2020), 2021. 19th Century oil on canvas, mounted on masonite with inlays, 17 2/4 x 35 3/4 in.
"Numbers of democracies vs. autocracies, worldwide: 1920 - 18 democracies vs. 132 autocracies, and 2020 - 99 democracies vs. 80 autocracies." Beautiful Numbers (verdana)
Inequality (1900/2000), 2021. Lenticular print, edition 6 (+1AP), 60 x 46 in.
"Income Inequality: UK, Gini Index 1900 - 2000." Beautiful Numbers (verdana)
Installation view, north wall. Beautiful Numbers (verdana)
Disasters I (1900/2000), 2021. Lenticular print, edition (6 +1AP), 60 x 46 in.
"Total number of people dying from Natural Disasters: 1900 - 2000." Beautiful Numbers (verdana)
Famine II (1900/2000), 2021. Lenticular print, edition 6 (+1AP), 60 x 46 in.
"Total number of people dying from hunger: 1900 - 2000." Beautiful Numbers (verdana)
Installation view, north and west walls. Beautiful Numbers (verdana)
Woman I (1900/2000), 2021. 19th Century oil on canvas, mounted on masonite with inlays, 19 5/8 x 16 15/16 in.
"Female voting rights: 1900, 1950, and 2000." Beautiful Numbers (verdana)
Installation view. Beautiful Numbers (verdana)
News (1955/2000), 2021. Lenticular print, edition 6 (+1AP), 60 x 46 in.
"Tone of the news in the US: 1955 - plus 3, and 2000 - minus 2." Beautiful Numbers (verdana)
Stuff (2000/2015), 2021. Lenticular print, edition 6 (+1AP), 60 x 46 in.
"Amount of stuff we use per year, in the UK: 2000 - 15 tons/person and 2015 - 10 tons/person." Beautiful Numbers (verdana)
installation view, east wall. Beautiful Numbers (verdana)
Illiteracy (1820/2020), 2021. Embroidery on cotton, 54 5/8 x 77 1/2 in. Credit – Yau Jiang Ping, Su Embroidery, China.
"Illiteracy levels worldwide: 1820, 1870, 1920, 1970, and 2020." Beautiful Numbers (verdana)
Homicide, (1820/2020), 2021. Embroidery on cotton, 54 5/8 x 77 1/2 in. Credit – Yau Jiang Ping, Su Embroidery, China.
Credit – Yau Jiang Ping, Su Embroidery, China. "Homicides in Italy: 1820, 1870, 1920, 1970, and 2020." Beautiful Numbers (verdana)
Poverty, 1820/2020. Embroidery on cotton, 54 5/8 x 77 1/2 in. Credit – Yau Jiang Ping, Su Embroidery, China.
Credit – Yau Jiang Ping, Su Embroidery, China. "Absolute poverty worldwide: 1820, 1870, 1920, 1970, and 2020." Beautiful Numbers (verdana)
Beautiful Numbers (verdana)
Guitars (1960/2015), 2021. Lenticular print, edition 6 (+1AP), 60 x 46 in.
"Playable guitars per 1 million people: 1960 - 200 and 2015 - 11,000." Beautiful Numbers (verdana)
Disasters II (1920/2020), 2021. Lenticular print, edition 6 (+1AP), 60 x 46 in.
"Death from natural disasters, worldwide per population of 10,000: 1920 - 25 and 2000 - 2." Beautiful Numbers (verdana)
Disasters II (1920/2020), 2021. Lenticular print, edition 6 (+1AP), 60 x 46 in.
"Death from natural disasters, worldwide per population of 10,000: 1920 -25 and 2000 -2." Beautiful Numbers (verdana)
Installation view, east and south walls. Beautiful Numbers (verdana)
Literacy I (1900/2000), 2021. 19th Century oil on canvas, mounted on masonite with inlays, 20 7/8 x 16 1/6 in.
"Literacy 1900, 1950, and 2000." Beautiful Numbers (verdana)

Stefan Sagmeister

Beautiful Numbers (verdana)
April 10 - May 15, 2021

Beautiful Numbers (verdana) Press Release

Opens Saturday, April 10, from 10-6pm
Press preview on Friday, April 9

Stefan Sagmeister is a New York based designer (b. 1962, Bregenz, Austria) whose philosophically driven, unconventional approach to his profession – and often status quo upending inventiveness paired with masterful execution – has earned him international recognition with major institutions exhibiting his work.

As a testimony to the extent to which Sagmeister is willing to question his own assumptions, he used himself as the investigator and the investigated in The Happy Film (2016) which is about one artist’s search for bliss and the quagmires it led to. It is an intensely personal search in which he sets up three methods for himself to find happiness through meditation, therapy and psychopharmaca, grading himself along the way.

Beautiful Numbers, Sagmeister’s new body of work, was conceived in 2020 as the daily lived experience – and short term media – reflected a world seemingly out of control, with democracy in peril, ubiquitous conflicts and an overall outlook of doom. Instead of focusing on attention catching daily headlines, the long term perspective – the only way making sense – shows actual improvement: there is less war, hunger and illiteracy; fewer people die in natural disasters, more people live in democracies, an increased number of women serve on Parliaments (see image above), and life expectancy has increased.

Sagmeister has visualized data collected over 100 years and transformed these graphs into inlaid 19th Century genre paintings, embroidered canvases, lenticular prints and hand painted water glasses – all of which will be for the first time on display at the gallery.

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Stefan Sagmeister received his MFA from the University of Applied Arts in Vienna (MAK) and, as a Fulbright Scholar, a master’s degree from Pratt Institute in New York.

Sagmeister formed the New York based Sagmeister, Inc. in 1993 and has since designed for clients as diverse as the Guggenheim Museum, the Rolling Stones and HBO. Having been nominated eight times, he finally won two Grammy awards for his design work with the Talking Heads and Brian Eno & David Byrne. He has also earned practically every important international design award.

His multimedia exhibitions have been exhibited widely in museums and galleries, including the Venice Biennale in 2018. The Happy Show, for example, originated in 2012 at the ICA Philadelphia, and travelled to the Design Exchange, Toronto, as well as MoCA LA, Pacific Design Center (both 2013). The Mak, Vienna, organized The Beauty Show in 2018, conjointly with the Museum für Angewandte Kunst, Frankfurt, with subsequent stops at Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg (2020) and Fondation Martell, Cognac (2021).

Over the years, other venues included Maat, Lisbon (2018); Museum of Vancouver (2015); Chicago Cultural CenterJewish Museum, New York (both 2013); Israel Museum, Jerusalem (2010); Deitch Projects, New York (2008); Wolfsonian, Miami (2007); and Zeroone Design Center, Seoul (2004).

His work is in the collections of MoMA, New York, the Philadelphia Museum of ArtArt Institute of Chicago, SFMoMA, as well as many other international institutions.

He teaches in the graduate department of the School of Visual Art in New York and lectures extensively internationally.

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Beautiful Numbers (verdana) - Stefan Sagmeister on the Importance of Questioning Our Assumptions, At A Distance podcast by The Slowdown.
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